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The Greatest Day Ever 
By Pastor John

Psalm 118:24
"This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." 
   
When we sing the chorus containing this verse, we think of this current day. 

But the verse actually refers to a special day = the greatest day in history

Psalm 118:19-23
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone;
23 the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

David, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is writing about the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who would not come for over 1000 years.

Acts 4:10-12
10 Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 He is "'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.' 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

This passage reminds us of the occasion of the building of Solomon's temple. When King Solomon built the temple on the place where the Dome of the Rock now stands in Jerusalem, there was no sound of hammer or saws and or pounding of any kind. The Temple was erected in silence. The rocks that formed the Temple were taken from a quarry underneath where the temple stands. The temple was built from Solomon's quarries. It was built to such exacting blueprint dimensions that each rock was shaped perfectly before it ever left the quarry. When it arrived at the temple, it would fit perfectly in its proper place. According to Jewish tradition a huge rock was quarried and shaped to the exacting dimensions and sent to the temple. When it arrived at the temple site the builders could find no place to use it. It didn't seem to match any of their blueprints, so they placed it to one side. Some time passed and it was always getting in the way so workers pushed it over the edge of the bank and it rolled down into the Kidron Valley and was lost. However, when time came to hoist the cornerstone into place, the great rock that held everything in place, could not be found. The builders sent word to the quarry that they were ready for the cornerstone. The masons sent word back that cornerstone had already been delivered. Then someone remembered the huge "extra" rock that had been pushed over the cliff. When the workers retrieved the stone and hoisted it into place it fit perfectly as the cornerstone of the temple.

Jesus Christ is that cornerstone which has been rejected. But eventually He will come again and it will be a perfect fit.

Psalm 118:19-21
19 Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.

Jesus is the gate of righteousness by which we enter into salvation and fellowship with God.

John 10:7-11
7 Therefore Jesus said again, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Through Christ's atonement we can enter into righteousness.  When Christ died the veil in the Temple leading into the Holy of Holies was torn in two, from top to bottom, by God.

That was the greatest of all days.  On that day:

    Sin was atoned for.  Christ took our punishment for sin.
    The way to God was opened.
    Salvation was given.
   
If not for the events of that day:

    There would be no salvation.
    There would be no Christians.
    There would be no Church.
    There would be no grace.
    There would be no hope of Heaven.
    We would be living without hope in an unspeakably horrible condition, with only Hell to look forward to.

Because of that day, there is reason for the Christian to rejoice every day.
Psalm 118:24
24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 118:25a
25 O LORD, save us.


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